A new twist on a classic
Mio Sparkling Sake updates this traditional beverage for the modern palate.
These days many people consider sake to be old-fashioned. Outdated. Un-cool. Not something to be included in times of celebration, or at a trendy restaurant, but something that is enjoyed by older generations of salarymen in dark, smoky izakayas as they wash down a busy workday. For the brewers of Mio Sparkling Sake, this view needed to change. The result is bubbly, crisp and distinctly modern, primed to usher in a new era of sake.
For sake fans and non-fans alike, Mio Sparkling Sake brings a new avour and texture to this traditional Japanese beverage. Unheard of just a few short years ago, sparkling sake is turning younger generations into sake consumers with a taste that is lighter and sweeter than traditional sake. Taking its name from the Japanese word for the fizzy sea foam that trails in the water behind cruise ships, Mio Sparkling Sake’s effervescent imagery is meant to evoke the feeling of bubbles dancing on the tongue even before Mio hits your tastebuds. The vision of a luxury cruise ship cutting through the ocean provokes a sense of festivity for which Mio Sparkling Sake is truly apropos.
Mio Sparkling Sake is crafted by the Takara Brewing Company using the same centuries-old, time-honoured methods of brewing traditional sake, with the same ingredients: rice, koji, water and yeast. The result, however, is a taste that appeals to modern palates. Located in Nada, Japan, within the city of Kobe, the Takara Brewing Company is ideally situated for brewing flavourful sakes. Its coastal location offers access to mineral-rich waters, meaning that the brewers of Mio are able to create a vividly sweet sake that is charismatic and smooth. The region also boasts rich soil that produces savoury rice, which area brewers like Takara then turn into robust sakes that are enjoyed worldwide. Like traditional sakes, Mio Sparkling Sake is brewed according to these centuries-old techniques, allowing it to maintain a connection to those who have enjoyed drinking sake for many years, while updating the taste for today. The touch of sparkle brings it out of the dim, smoky izakayas and makes Mio an ideal potable for any celebration. Sparkling sakes like Mio are increasingly being chosen as an alternative to champagne, even by Japanese F1 drivers who have used it to spray each other on the podium.
While sparkling sake may be new for many sake consumers, it has been gaining popularity in recent years for its sweetness and fruity notes. Its light taste and sparkling texture give it an element of subtle luxury, while its low alcohol content at only 5% makes it an excellent entryway into the world of sake. For those who are turned off by the dry taste of traditional sake or its old-fashioned image, Mio is an attractive option as it can be paired with Japanese foods like sushi or dishes with a bit of heat. Mio’s light taste gives it more versatility when it comes to pairing, as it easily complements anything from sour desserts to charcuterie trays. Or just mix it with orange juice and enjoy it with brunch.
If that’s not enough, the attention to detail on this beverage even extends to the packaging. Mio Sparkling Sake’s attractive bottle makes it a perfect hostess gift this holiday season. Try bringing some to your next celebration and raise a toast with a Japanese twist.
1. The low alcohol content and light sweetness of Mio make it an excellent way to enter the world of sake if you’re still a novice, or if you find the traditional beverage too strong
2. Traditional sake can be served either warmed or chilled, but that’s not the case with sparkling sake. Warming it up will ruin the fizzy effect, so be sure to keep it chilled!
3. Mio’s light, sweet taste makes it incredibly versatile—try it as an aperitif, alongside a meal, paired with any manner of dessert or in place of champagne the next time you have something to toast. Cheers!